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Ancient Graffiti at Herculaneum

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This project will only receive pledges if at least £13,000 is pledged by Mon 19 Mar 2018

Our project

Insults, innuendo, imprecations. Elections, endearments, erotica. The graffiti of Herculaneum offer all this and more.

Herculaneum was one of the towns buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. Amid the destruction, some amazing things survived, including hundreds of graffiti, written on walls, columns, statue bases—anywhere a surface offered. This was social media, Roman style. These inscriptions contain a fabulous wealth of information about ancient life, and about groups you don't often hear about in the history books.

The Ancient Graffiti Project ( www.ancientgraffiti.org ) aims to collect all the graffiti from Herculaneum and Pompeii and publish them online. A lot of them are being published by us for the first time, and all are being digitised and given up-to-date information to make them fully usable. We’ve made great progress so far but need your help to do more.

One of the great features of our Project is the way that students are involved as active researchers and equal partners in gathering and processing the data. They receive training in all the latest archaeological technologies. They’re the next generation, and this is terrific experience for them. By helping us now, you also help the future of archaeology.

We want to go to Herculaneum again in the summer of 2018. An international team of archaeologists and students will spend two weeks gathering data. The campaign aims to cover their costs. The more money we raise, the more students and staff can go, and the more graffiti we’ll gather. It’s as simple as that!

The campaign is sponsored by the Friends of Herculaneum Society in the UK ( herculaneum.ox.ac.uk ) and the American Friends of Herculaneum in the USA ( herculaneumfriends.org ), both registered charities which exist to promote education and research at the World Heritage Site of Herculaneum. If you want to support Herculaneum on an ongoing basis, why not think about joining either the UK or the US Friends?

Where will the money go?

GBP 13,000 / USD 17,000 (our minimum) will fund 8 undergraduate student team members to go to Herculaneum for 12 days (airfare variable from US / UK; triple room and board $750 per student)

GBP 20,000 / USD 26,000 (our target) will fund 8 undergraduate student team members to go to Herculaneum for 12 days, one graduate student team member, two faculty members, and a new Macbook Pro Laptop for project photos and data ($2900)

and if we really go crazy....

GBP 38,000 / USD 50,000 will pay for 10 undergraduate student team members to go to a second season of fieldwork in Herculaneum and Pompeii in the summer of 2019.

and finally...

GBP 48,000 / USD 64,000 would pay for all of the above, plus:

-        three additional Canon DSLR cameras to aid in documenting the graffiti ($2550); three additional iPad pros with iPad pencils to use in drawing the graffiti ($4134)

-        airfare and board of three faculty members to travel to Herculaneum for a second season of fieldwork in 2019 ($9,300)

Any monies not needed to fund the student or faculty costs in the summer of 2018 will be used to fund student and faculty costs in 2019.Students and faculty will apply for scholarships from their home institutions and other funding bodies.

Rewards

We have some great rewards for our sponsors for as little as £10/$10. Check them out!

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Check out the Ancient Graffiti Search Engine at ancientgraffiti.org

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Follow the Friends of Herculaneum on Facebook at facebook.com/HerculaneumSociety

Help us succeed!

You don’t need to give money to help us succeed! Please share this project with anyone and everyone you can think of who might support us, on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, blog, a chat over the fence. Ask your friends to pass it on. Start the snowball rolling! The more people who know, the likelier we are to succeed. (Hot tip: mention @hubbubnet in your tweet, and Hubbub will re-tweet it to their network!)

Of course, we hope you will make a donation, however small or large. It all helps. If you’re a UK taxpayer you can add 25% to the value of the donation by ticking the Gift Aid box on the donation page. US taxpayers: To get your tax deduction, please make your donation to the Ancient Graffiti Project via the American Friends of Herculaneum website ( herculaneumfriends.org ), not through the Hubbub website. We’ll add all US donations to the running total on a weekly basis, so everybody can see the good work your dollars are doing.

and here's a word from lindsey davis

"Forget glum republican orators, the slavering flattery of imperial court poets, dry edicts, self-serving inscriptions, wonky coins.... Roman life is at street level, immortalised on walls.

This is the business: election sleaze, drunken barfights, doodled gladiators, rude sex, plaintive love, school homework, ships and a camel. It's joyous. So raise your glass of Campanian red to innovative study and please help this worthwhile project!"

Lindsey Davis, Historical Novelist ( http://www.lindseydavis.co.uk/ )

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Pledge £10 or more

Congratulations! You’re an honorary graffitista. We’ll say a big "gratias tibi agimus" on Facebook and Twitter (if desired), put you on the honour roll of graffitisti on the Friends of Herculaneum and Project websites (if desired), and email you a write-up on our ‘graffito of the week’, with a downloadable photo. (USD equivalent: $10)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

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All previous rewards plus receive a personal thank-you card with a colour print of a choice graffito, with explanatory notes. Plus get the ‘graffito of the week’ email for the duration of the campaign. (USD equivalent: $25)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £50 or more

All previous rewards, plus receive Project Updates from the Field Director from the field this summer (USD equivalent: $75)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £75 or more

Strut your stuff! Receive an Ancient Graffiti Project T-shirt. Plus all previous Rewards. (USD equivalent: $100)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £150 or more

Getting up to Banksy level now! Receive an Ancient Graffiti Project tote bag. Plus all previous Rewards (USD equivalent: $200)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £300 or more

You’re an aedile! (Aediles looked after the public buildings. You can write your graffito anywhere you darn well please.) Receive an Ancient Graffiti Project hat. Plus all previous Rewards. (USD equivalent: $400)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £2000 or more

You are the governor! Have the name of yourself or your company on the team T-shirt that will be worn every day on site. Plus all previous Rewards. (USD equivalent: $3000)

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Estimated delivery: 1 April 2018

Pledge £5000 or more

You are the emperor! Enjoy a tour of Herculaneum and dinner for 6 at local winery in the summer of 2018 (does not include flight to Italy or accommodations). Plus all previous Rewards. (USD equivalent: $7,000)

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Estimated delivery: 1 June 2018